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Writing Rants

27
Oct 2005

I’m so sick of going to ff.net and seeing truckloads of Mary Sue fics… and worse, seeing them praised to the rafters.

I’m making a big list of all the overused plot lines in order of irritation:

  • New girl at Eden Hall
  • New girl at Eden Hall who fancies Adam
  • New girl at Eden Hall who is an enforcer and “tames” Fulton or Portman by treating them like shit
  • New girl at Eden Hall who treats everyone like shit and is best buddies with all Ducks
  • (and to be fair, Charlie/Adam angst should be on here, I’m bloody sick of that ship and regret posting the first fic of it)

Now a list of things that generally happen in the above mentioned stories and never cease to piss me off:

  • Averman disappears, only to seldom show up to swoon over the new girl (god forbid they give him the funny lines, despite the fact that he is funny)
  • Luis becomes a slut who treats women badly or slides back into the Caveman era
  • Goldberg only thinks about food – in the pigging out sense
  • Fulton and Portman get out done in the toughness (both on and off the ice) scale by the new girl
  • Everyone fancies the new girl
  • Dwayne, Russ, Ken, Goldberg and Averman (aka the non-fangirled Ducks) vanish
  • Connie and Julie befriend the new girl
  • Connie and Julie hate the new girl because she’s prettier/tougher/a better player etc. than them
  • Coach Orion swoons over the new girl’s playing abilities (he’s not the swoony type)
  • The new girl angsts and faffs around getting a load of attention.

Why the hell don’t writers just think before writing? It’s so damned repetitive.

And why do there have to be Angsty Sues? There are two girls on the team already, why don’t they write from their point of view occasionally?

Julie is single, this gives writers the perfect opportunity to act out their fangirl fantasies about their favourite Duck. All we really know about Julie is that she’s an A-student, there’s plenty of room for expanding her character ? though I will happily shoot the first person who gives Julie a gothic makeover and turns her into Gothic-Slut-Julie-Sue.

Connie is ambiguously single, people fight about whether she and Guy broke up. If you want angst n’ romance, she’s the perfect candidate. She’s got years of backstory with Guy that has never been covered and if her relationship is over she’d be upset, if not maybe she’s worried that it’s all going wrong. Who knows. The point is, that if a girl is needed, a writer doesn’t have to put an original character in. And if any of the Ducks was to go off the rails, in my opinion, it would be Connie. She’s a bit bolshy in the films and a lot flirty in the books. If you want angst and bad stuff, this is the girl to go for.

Yes, I know I’m being very hypocritical, given that I have Terri, Annie and Aisha running around the fandom – not to mention the horrible Celine from This Too. Terri was my first foray into the fandom, and I hate how much attention I gave her in the past, it makes me shudder. Annie was created to be a non-romantic, non-threatening outsider for Luis to talk to in Misconception, Aisha was necessary in Shoebox because Connie and Julie would not have fitted Aisha and Annie’s roles ? I always had a plan when I wrote that story. And I really don’t think Celine counts, since she was only a flashback character. I’ve decided that Abi from More Than Meets The Eye doesn’t count because I hate that fic and wish I’d never started it. Also, I hate Abi. Ah, whatever, shoot me. I Sue up the fandom from time to time.

However, that doesn’t make it right.

Bleh, I’m offering up my Characters to ducksues and seeing what happens.

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Why the new story?

10
Jul 2005

The new story came about for many reason, the main one being I was seeing a lot of fan fiction remixes being held and I would have loved for Queertet to be remixed – but at the same time, I didn’t want anyone else to do it.

Another reason was that I was sick of being asked when Sun was going to be finished. It wasn’t a particularly good story, Smoke and Snow were good enough, I guess, but anyone (surely?) could tell that we were losing interest as Breeze progressed. By the time Sun rolled around we were exhausted. Neither of us have any interest in finishing that story, so it’s dead.

And finally, I wished to reclaim the name Queertet. I was the one to come up with it, but it belonged to a series I had co-written with an author I haven’t really spoken to since 2002. That sounds petty, doesn’t it? Well, so what? We all have our little quirks.

I emailed Vic and asked her if I could remix Queertet, she was agreeable, so I did.

Initially it wasn’t a co-write. It was me writing the story and Carla beta-ing and, eventually, writing snippets for me. Carla never had any intention of these snippets being in the final cut of Queertet Revisited, they were just gifts to me to keep me writing, and perhaps put on the QR page as interludes or AUs. Instead, I demanded that she write with me. So we brainstormed. The main hook of the story was pretty solid in my mind, I was a little fuzzy around the edges, but I knew how it would pan out eventually. With Carla’s input, we have now widened the net to include a fair amount of characters (you can pretty much tell which ones she has claimed, to quote Carla “GOLDIE THE MAN!”).

So we’re writing together, having a blast. You may think we’re going slowly, after all, we’ve only posted five chapters so far. Just so you know, as of 10 July 2005 (as I write this), we’re up to at least chapter 14, with plenty of snippets written for the future as inspiration hits. The problem is, we’re not writing this in a particularly linear fashion (something that’s killing Carla, no doubt, she’s a planner), we have completed the story up to chapter 12, but chapter 6 is missing, and we think the chapters we have written need re-jigging. And the two chapters after chapter 12 may need to be pushed back or moved forwards. So, it’s all pretty confusing. We have the story, we have written it down, now we just need to organise it.

Oh, and coming up with chapter titles sucks.

Take it easy, we’ll keep writing.

~Star~
10 July 2005

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A Note About the Original Queertet Series

5
Jun 2005

Dear Fandom,

Vic and Star have a request:

Would you kindly shut up about Queertet Original and let it rest in peace. The fic is dead. Leave it be.

The Original Queertet has died, Vic and Star have mourned, in their own separate ways, Star gave in to alcoholism and could be found begging quarters off tramps for another bottle of ale, and Vic did time in Westin Hills, a mental institution in Ohio. It’s sad but true.

However, both have managed to move on. Star manages to get to at least three AA meetings a week, and has, for the most part, stopped hallucinating. Vic has been released from psychiatric care, but now speaks exclusively in a French accent and responds only to the name Sasha.

They have moved on. It’s about time you guys did as well.

In all seriousness, we burned ourselves out writing Smoke, Snow, Breeze and half of Sun in such a short space of time. We were mentally exhausted by the fic at the end of it.

That was two years ago, we are now very different people, with very different interests. Even if we wanted to come back to Queertet – and let’s face it, it’s been a long time, better fics have come along – we don’t think we could. It’s no longer an important story to us, we both have different projects happening, and we’d rather live in the now. We’re pleased as punch that people still like the story, and we’re sorry we burnt out before finishing it, but please, can the emails stop?

We’ll say this now: THE ORIGINAL QUEERTET WILL NEVER BE FINISHED.

Please stop asking for it to be. We don’t have the time, the interest or the inclination to continue with it. It’s old, it’s dead, it’s over.

However, Queertet Revisited (Star’s pet project) is almost finished and is being polished word by word by my beta. I (Star) would like to ask that any reviews left on Queertet Revisited only relate to Queertet Revisited and not the original. I don’t think you guys realise how soul destroying it is to have every single review contain, “Cool, but don’t leave it when you get bored like you did last time”. That’s not a review, that’s a slam. Nobody gave me this much hassle over Shoebox – which, might I point out, I didn’t “get bored of” and “give up on” – why should Queertet Revisited be any different? [Star’s addition: see here for why the remix came about]

Please, you are actually really hurting my (Star’s) feelings over this. Yes, Vic and I gave up on Queertet, because we were exhausted and it wasn’t fun any more, but don’t hold it against us for the rest of our lives. After all, it’s just a story.

Regards,
Vic and Star
5 June 2005

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